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Mental images in studying electromagnetism

October 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Electromagnetics has proven to be a difficult course for both instructors and students. There are continued research efforts aimed to improve learning outcomes. Typically, educational research is conducted by adopting new teaching methods or materials and measuring the results by recording the overall learners’ test scores. In this talk, I will discuss a different angle for pedagogy research focused on the internal process of the students. When a student is engaged in learning a concept, a series of mental images are developed internally. Taking this concept into consideration, the basic research questions are: 1) What are the specific mental images for each student? 2) How can the images be observed? Answers to these questions will shape teaching methods and materials. A course on electromagnetic fields, with a body of intricate and challenging concepts, makes an especially suitable topic in which to investigate the answers to these questions. Co-sponsored by: Branimir Pejcinovic Speaker(s): Renjeng Su, Room: 60-19, Bldg: FAB, 1900 SW 4th Ave, ECE department, Portland, Oregon, United States, 97201, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/287455

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